The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?

2. According to Book 1, Chapter 1, the oldest existing version of the dialogues is from what century?

3. Euthyphro was prosecuting someone for what crime?

4. According to Socrates, why did he begin questioning the answer of the Oracle at Delphi?

5. According to his conversation with Euthyphro, how did Socrates feel about the charges being brought against him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "epistemology"?

2. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

3. According to the introductory chapter, why have the notes been included with the text of the Socratic dialogues?

4. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

5. How were the four dialogues that were included in "The Last Days of Socrates" originally arranged?

6. How educated was Socrates, and why?

7. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

8. Why is the issue of ethics so confused in the case of Euthyphro and Socrates?

9. What is Socrates' objection to Euthyphro's decision, and how does Euthyphro respond to that objection?

10. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the reasons for Socrates' conviction was his "daemon". What was it? How did it affect Socrates? Why was it such an important part of his trial and conviction? What would happen if such evidence was presented at a modern-day trial? Do you think Socrates believed that he had a "daemon"? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Dreams figure prominently in the dialogues. What events took place in conjunction with dreams? What did Socrates do as a result of dreams that he had? Do you think that everyone in Athenian culture relied on their dreams as heavily as Socrates? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Who is Meletus? Why did he choose to prosecute Socrates? What evidence did his use as a basis for his prosecution? Why did he seek the death penalty for Socrates? Was he acting on behalf of the Athenian government? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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